Prayer Before Reading Holy Scripture
O Master Who loves mankind, illuminate our hearts with the pure light of Your divine knowledge and open the eyes of our mind to understand the teachings of Your Gospel. Instill in us also the fear of Your blessed commandments, that we may overcome all carnal desires, entering upon a spiritual life and understanding and acting in all things according to Your holy will. For You are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies, O Christ God, and to You we give glory together with Your eternal Father and Your all-holy, gracious and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.
Epistle Reading: 2 Timothy 3:1-9
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will
For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money,
boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control,
brutal, despisers of good,
traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather
than lovers of God,
having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from
such people turn away!
For of this sort are those who creep into households and
make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various
always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of
Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also
resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith;
but they will progress no further, for their folly will be
manifest to all, as theirs also was.
Gospel Reading: Luke 20:45-21:4
Then, in the hearing of all the people, He said to His
"Beware of the scribes, who desire to walk in long robes,
love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and
the best places at feasts,
"who devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long
prayers. These will receive greater condemnation."
Then He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the
and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites.
So He said, "Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in
more than all;
"for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings
for God, but she out of her poverty has put in all the livelihood that she
Saints and Feasts